Two of my pieces are in this show. I will be at the artist reception on March 5, 2011, 3 – 5 pm
384 Acushnet Ave.
New Bedford, MA 02740
| Seeds of Honesty, II silk crepe 23" x 70"|
Background was painted in layers with transparent textile paints then sunprinted using lily pads as masks. The seed pods, predyed chiffon and white organza pieces were fused on using MistyFuse.
|"One thousand nine hundred twenty square inches"|
Silk Crepe, MX dyes, discharge paste, textile paints,
composition metal leaf
|"Down by the Pond I Found an Old Fishing Net"|
24 x 80"
Silk Crepe, thickened MX dyes, textile paints
|The Rose Window|
On this length of dupion silk I used a similar set of folds and bindings for each stage of dyeing. I wanted the patterning from each layer to move in generally the same direction. After the third dye bath, I hung up the piece so that I could stand back and have a good long look at it. As I had hoped, the lines appeared to radiate from a central point somewhere off to the left of the piece, suggesting a larger rosette, only part of which was visible. Then it struck me: the memory of sitting inside the chapel at Mount Holyoke College, where soft afternoon light was filtering through the magnificent rose window.
This piece is the result of a science experiment of sorts. I had a theory that string could act, not only as a resist, but as a mark-making tool,… that is, if I were to load the string with dye prior to using it to bind the fabric around the pole — in this case, a length of flexible vinyl duct, one of my favorite improvised tools because it leaves wavy lines suggesting ripples on water.